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LIT Highlight

Posted on 8/17/15 1:29 PM by Andreas McCain
Christine Bapiste, 13, attends East Hartford Middle School. She is a student of many interests and talents, including reading biography and mystery books. She has been playing the baritone for seven years and has been a girl scout for four years. Christine has exhibited the Y core values with such joy and ease; her enthusiasm and eagerness to be a part of the program is evident. At camp, Christine worked with a group of 4+5 year olds called the Explorers. She took on the task and exceeded our expectations. She even asked to continue working after the scheduled time! Christine is always willing to help out and go the extra mile. "I love the experience of working with the kids and influencing their behavior. Also I think the LIT program has help me to be a better leader so that I can make an impact on my community.”
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Humans of Jewell

Posted on 8/16/15 10:11 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"I love everything about camp. I get to sleep in a cabin, make new friends and play games, and I really like choosing what I get to do. The other kids are funny and we tell lots of jokes. I'll come back again next year because I have so much fun here."
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Humans of Jewell

Posted on 8/15/15 10:13 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
  "This is my first bullseye."
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The Cartnicks: They Meet, They Marry at Camp Jewell

Posted on 8/14/15 8:24 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
The summer of 2001 was definitely a life changer for me. I came to Camp Jewell on a whim because I happened to see a table set up at the student union center at Denison University. After a brief interview on the spot, I decided I was up for an adventure. I left the familiarity of my typical Ohio summers to try something new—camp. I knew no one and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never attended camp and had no idea what it was all about.
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WOLVES at Camp Jewell

Posted on 8/9/15 11:31 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"I just finished playing extreme camouflage in WOLVES clinic. WOLVES is where you just go into the woods and do fun things. Like games and extreme camouflage where you have to cover yourself and your friends in mud and sticks to blend in. It’s not like normal games."
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The Power of Bacon

Posted on 8/8/15 11:42 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
And now for some thoughts on the Power of Bacon from our own Camp Jewell Swanzey coordinator, Alex Lattimore.
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Carnival Fun at Camp Dakota

Posted on 8/7/15 2:49 PM by Jordan Long
We had quite the fun-filled session at Camp Dakota during Carnival week! The campers played games, created some beautiful art, and participated in literacy activities involving the carnival theme all week. They made paper clowns and carnival games during their arts & crafts blocks. Campers also made carnival webbing maps in literacy. On Friday the gym was turned into an indoor carnival. There were many fun activities for the campers to participate in. Some of the favorites were: a ring toss game, archery, cup stacks, and a “knock it down” game. There were tickets given out to the campers for each game they won. At the end the campers were able to trade in their tickets for prizes.
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Kids in the Hall

Posted on 8/7/15 2:09 PM by John Reilly
As I sit at work in my office at the Indian Valley Family YMCA, I often used to hear the counselors engaging the campers who are waiting in line for a bathroom.  They would keep them busy with games such as "Simon Says", "I Spy" and everyone's favorite "the quiet game".  Lately I have been so impressed that that counselors are now playing trivia games related math, science, and spelling!  The kids love it!  YMCA Day Camp is a place to learn!
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My Camp Jewell Story

Posted on 8/7/15 11:42 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
By "Ranger" Monica Karriem (aka Monimaker)
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Humans of Jewell

Posted on 8/6/15 11:07 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"The frisbee clinic is the best because it’s awesome and we have Jack & Ben as counselors. And because we get to go off the rope swing on Friday and try to catch a frisbee at the same time."
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